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Rewilding in practice 

12 July - 1pm to 4pm

Venue: Ramside Hall Hotel – The Marquee, Carrville, County Durham

This is the second in a series of rewilding-focused IEMA events in the northeast. The afternoon will focus on practical projects and the benefits and opportunities of rewilding – in particular, on working in collaboration with other stakeholders and partners. The ideal delegate is anyone who wants to find out more about applying basic practical principles to projects in order to promote biodiversity and conservation. Participants will hopefully take away knowledge of rewilding in practice, the different projects in existence and the challenges, opportunities and benefits of working in collaboration, both practically and strategically. Speakers include the Kielder Wildwood Project, Mahouts Elephant Foundation (MEF) and North East England Nature Partnership.

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The future of management systems

Management systems, if used correctly, are powerful tools for driving compliance and improvement. They can translate a complex world into something simple. To bring systems into the 21st century, it is vital that a solution is found to overcome problems. Sadly, I’ve not yet found a company or software solution offering something that might look at the future of systems in a different way. Are there any companies that have an existing software solution or are considering developing software that would take a different approach? I am keen to discuss this topic further.

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Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility

12 July 2018 16:50-19:30

See how Leeds City Council is working to improve waste management at its new Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility – designed to remove recyclable waste from black bins and retrieve energy from what is left over. Register now to secure your place.



IEMA’s Book Club: Doughnut Economics

23 August 2018 12:30-1:30

How can you influence a change of focus in your organisation, preparing it for a future where low or zero growth is the norm? Join us for our second IEMA Book Club webinar, in which we’ll discuss the revolutionary Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth.


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Co-hosted meeting discusses role of psychology in creating change

Sustainable change requires a shift in behaviour. We are often told that sustainability is about baby steps, but the big issues of the day require radical and speedy change. Is any of this possible? Which is more important? The joint meeting of the IEMA Climate Change and Energy Network and the British Psychological Society’s Going Green Working Group, ‘All About Change: understanding motivation and how values influence behaviour’, set out to answer these questions. Jan Maskell introduced the meeting enlightening the environmentalists on what occupational psychologists do. She was followed by Nick Blyth, who drew attention to the need for different skill sets.

Andrew Simms spoke about rapid transition, giving examples of great change brought about in years rather than decades, such as the NHS, rationing and four-day working weeks in Utah. In the afternoon, Penny Walker produced a workshop using the Influencer Model approach to create specific behaviour change goals and actions. Vincent Neate brought the day to an end, talking about relationship binders – consistent narratives, compatible purpose and meaningful encounters as the starter for a change in behaviour. The day encouraged networking and is hopefully the start of more co-hosted meetings.

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GESA event examines the use of Social Impact Assessments

The Emerging Social Impact Assessment Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities event took place on 17 May at Mott MacDonald’s offices in central London, one of the scheduled events of IEMA’s Global Environmental and Social Assessment Group (GESA). It began with a speech from Mott McDonald’s Tom Streather, reflecting on three lines of inquiry put forward for discussion: What are emerging SIA themes/priorities? How can SIAs contribute to projects sharing benefits more widely? What are the preferred ESIA approaches – integrated assessment versus standalone social specialisation? 

These questions provided the framework for an open panel discussion, with social specialists offering varying perspectives.

Themes discussed included land acquisition and livelihood restoration, labour and supply chain management, gender-inclusive consultation, community engagement processes and human rights. The panellists also discussed the role of SIAs in benefit sharing. 

The primary objective of SIAs should be to mitigate impacts and provide a voice to affected and often marginalised communities, but SIA management plans can also extend to community development initiatives which share project benefits. 

Participants’ event feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with particular praise given to the diverse perspectives of the panellists, as well as opportunities given to the audience to share their own perspectives. 

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IEMA Futures: Building recycling habits

In an online article, IEMA Futures members Laura Archer and Hannah Lesbirel discuss why recycling is so important, and how we can make it the norm. 

Taking the Waste Management Hierarchy as a starting point, they suggest ways in which the primary and secondary education systems can help to instil the recycling habit into children and teenagers. 

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